With work from home and the continued rise of OTT platforms in 2022, tablets continued to be in relevance with it own segment of customers that required a device with a display bigger than a smartphone and smaller than a laptop or a TV. Portability being one of the biggest suits of tablets, it meant that companies strived to bring tablets that are lighter and thinner than its previous generations. And with more and more students attending online classes tablets just made more sense than the smaller screens on smartphones.
The tablets under the price of Rs 20,000 continued to be the most popular segment with the most sale happening. We even saw some new entrants in this category with Redmi and OPPO coming up with their own tablets for this segment. But that does not mean that the premium segment was neglected and companies like Apple and Samsung brought their own premium tablets which had their own niche market. And without further ado, here are our nominations for the best tablet of 2022 with it being divided into Mainstream which are under Rs 20,000 and the premium segment where there is no bar on price.
Best Tablet of 2022 (Mainstream) – Indian Gadget Awards Nominees
- Redmi Pad
- OPPO Pad Air
- Realme PAD X
- Samsung Galaxy Tab A8
- Moto Tab G62
A new entrant to the budget tablet market, the Redmi Pad is a truly remarkable and balanced entry into the sub-20k segment. It features a metal unibody design with a large 10.61-inch IPS LCD screen with slim bezels, 16:10 aspect ratio and 2000 x 1200 pixel resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. The Redmi Pad is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio G99 processor with Cortex A76, and Cortex A55 clocked up to 2.05GHz and Mali-G57 MC2 GPU. The tablet has 4GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. For cameras it features a single rear-facing 8MP camera and a 8MP front-facing shooter. It runs on MIUI 13 based on Android 12 and has a 8,000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging support. In terms of connectivity, you get SIM support, VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS, and a USB Type-C port.
OPPO Pad Air
The OPPO Pad Air marks the brand’s entry in the Indian tablet market and Oppo focuses on quality instead of performance with the new budget tablet. This is an ideal tablet for media consumption with a 10.63-inch display with 2000×1200 pixels resolution. It has a metal unibody design with a designer plastic strip around the back. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 SoC used in the tablet is usually found in other budget smartphones and is ideal for media consumption on a large display and some games as well. It has a 7100mAh battery with support for 18W charging. In terms of camera it has a 8MP camera on the back and a 5MP one on the front for selfies and video calls.
Realme PAD X
It has been a while since Realme has been dabbling in making tablets and it has figured out its place in the tablet market. And the Realme PAD X represents that essence with it excelling in most aspects in the price segment that it wants to capture. It comes with a 10.95-inch 1200×2000 WUXGA+ resolution display that has a 60Hz refresh rate. Although it does have slim bezels which means Realme wants to offer a seamless media experience. It has a Snapdragon 695 SoC which is a popular choice of SoC for smartphones under Rs 20k. It has 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage along with a massive 8340mAh battery that supports 33W fast charging. It runs on Realme UI 3.0 based on Android 12, has a Type-C port, a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8
Samsung has been making tablets for a while now and the A-series of tablets are what it uses to keep the budget segment in check. In all honesty the A-series of tablets don’t really break the benchmarks in the sub-Rs 20k segment but these sure are popular among users. It comes with a 10.50-inch 1,920×1,200 pixels resolution display. It has a UniSOC T618 SoC, which is a rather basic octa-core chipset with 3GB or 4GB RAM and 32GB or 64GB storage options. It runs on Android 11 and has a 7040mAh battery. It has an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera for video calls. Connectivity options include USB Type-C port, Wi-Fi, and GPS and LTE which is optional.
Moto Tab G62
The Moto Tab G62 is also a solid offering in the sub-Rs 20k segment from the Lenovo sub-brand. This tablet tries to offer standard specifications while keeping the prices as affordable as possible. It comes with a 10.61-inch display with 1200×2000 pixels resolution. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 SoC along with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage option. For battery it has a 7700mAh unit with 20W charging. Both the front and the rear cameras are 8MP. It runs on Android 12 OS and connectivity options include USB Type-C, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, and GPS.
Best Tablet of 2022 (Premium) – Indian Gadget Awards Nominees
- Apple iPad Pro M2
- Apple iPad Air M1
- Lenovo Tab P11 Pro (2nd Gen)
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
- Xiaomi Pad 5
Apple iPad Pro M2
Apple iPads are the cream of the crop of the premium tablets section and nothing tops the Apple iPad Pro M2 in its lineup. This tablet screams premium and every aspect of it has been chiseled to perfection. It comes with a 12.90-inch display with a resolution of 2732×2048 pixels at 264 ppi pixel density. It comes with the newest and the most powerful Apple M2 processor along with 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage to start with. For cameras it has a dual-rear setup with a 12MP paired with a 10MP sensor and on the front a single 12MP for selfies and video calls. It runs on iPadOS 16 out of the box and has USB Type-C and Wi-Fi for connectivity. It also has options for cellular connectivity in certain variants.
Apple iPad Air M1
The other tablet from Apple’s iPad lineup is the Apple iPad Air M1 which were upgraded in 2022 to come with its powerful M1 chipsets which previously ran things on the macOS devices. This gave a major performance bump to the iPad Air from 2022 which automatically became a top contender in the premium segment of tablets. The Apple iPad Air 2022 comes with 10.90-inch displays with a resolution of 2360×1640 pixels at 264 ppi pixel density. It uses the Apple M1 SoCs along with 8GB RAM and options for storage starting from 64GB. The tablet has single 12MP cameras on both the back as well as the front. It comes loaded with iPadOS 15 out of the box which can be upgraded by the user. Besides some variants having cellular connectivity the tablet also features USB Type-C, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, and GPS.
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro (2nd Gen)
Launched in the second half of 2022, the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro (2nd Gen) is an attempt from the company to break into the flagship tablets market. It offers some top tier specifications with an excellent display to put up a fight with the competition at this level. It comes with a 11.2-inch 2.5K OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and 360Hz touch sampling rate and up to 600 nits of peak brightness. It runs on an octa-core MediaTek Kompanio 1300T SoC and a Mali-G77 MC9 GPU with LPDDR4x RAM and UFS 3.1 storage options that begin from 4GB+128GB. For cameras it comes with a 13MP rear camera with autofocus and an 8MP front camera for video calls. It supports Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth v5.2 connectivity and has a 8,200mAh battery with support for up to 65W fast charging.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is the premium offering from the company in terms of tablets and it comes with all the bells and whistles that an Android tablet is capable of and some more. The ultra premium flagship tablet from Samsung comes with a 14.6-inch WQXGA+ (2,960×1,848 pixels) Super AMOLED display with 240ppi pixel density and up to 120Hz refresh rate. It features the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC which was top of the line when it launched with RAM and storage options starting 8GB+128GB. It has a dual-rear camera setup with a 13MP and a 6MP combination along with an LED flash, while on the front it uses a 12MP sensor for video calls. Connectivity options include 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth v5.2, GPS/ A-GPS, and a USB Type-C port. It has a huge 11,200mAh battery Super Fast Charge 2.0 support.
Xiaomi Pad 5
The last nominee for the best flagship tablet award is the Xiaomi Pad 5 which is the least pricey among our premium segment nominees making it more a mid-ranged tablet. It comes with an 11-inch WQHD+ (1,600×2,560 pixel) TrueTone display with 16:10 aspect ratio, 120Hz refresh rate, Dolby Vision and HDR10 support. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 SoC along with 6GB RAM and options for 128GB or 256GB storage. It has a 13MP camera on the back along with an LED Flash while on the front it has an 8MP selfie camera. For battery it has a 8,720mAh unit that supports 33W fast charging. It has four corner speaker with support for Dolby Atmos. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi , Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C port and it comes with MIUI Pad on top of Android 11 out of the box.